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Coaching tree turns contentious (and lineups)

9/24/2011

While it's often portrayed that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is a disciple of Mike Scioscia because he was his bench coach for six seasons, the opposite is equally true. Maddon had been coaching in Anaheim for two decades, and had briefly been the team's interim manager, before Scioscia showed up in 2000.

Each manager admits the other has influenced his leadership style.

Now, they're in contention against one another for the first time, with Maddon's Rays and Scioscia's Angels both desperately chasing the slumping Boston Red Sox as the season draws to a close.

"It's strange," Scioscia said. "You look at it, there's a whole new division that forms at the end of the season, the wild-card division. It's Tampa, it's us, it's Boston. That's what it is right now."

Here are the lineups for Saturday night's game:

Oakland

1. Jemile Weeks 2B

2. Coco Crisp CF

3. Hideki Matsui LF

4. Josh Willingham DH

5. David DeJesus RF

6. Cliff Pennington SS

7. Kurt Suzuki C

8. Brandon Allen 1B

9. Scott Sizemore 3B

Angels

1. Erick Aybar SS

2. Howie Kendrick 2B

3. Bobby Abreu DH

4. Torii Hunter RF

5. Mark Trumbo 1B

6. Alberto Callaspo 3B

7. Vernon Wells LF

8. Peter Bourjos CF

9. Bobby Wilson C